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Favorite Books About Wool

Yesterday I posted about my two most very favorite books about wool/sheep. Today I’m going to give you the rest of the list.

About a year ago in my breeds study classes I started giving a little bibliography to the students. Before that I would carry all the book along to classes so that my students could look at them. Books are super heavy. It was a little much so I switched to giving everyone a sheet of paper with all of the books on it. It’s way less fun but I have an easier time keeping my luggage under the maximum checked bag weight now.

I would like to apologize in advance for the quality of these photos. It’s been super dark and cloudy around here lately and I live in a very shady house. I need to find a way to have better photo lighting. But that’s a discussion for another day.

Anyway, many of these books are hard to find or out of print but I’ll post them here along with any information I have about them in case you want to add a copy to your own library.

The first book I got that was specifically about sheep breeds and their wool was In Sheeps Clothing by Nola and Jane    Fournier. It was published by Interweave press in 1995. I currently have 3 copies of this book. There are tons of wool grease stains between the pages where I placed a lock while I was working on that breed. The pages are dog eared and one of the copies has pages that fall out. These books have been well used and well loved. I probably should get another copy to keep just in case the others get used up.

One thing I want to say about this book is that many of us who have it use it only for the breeds information in the front of the book. But the end chapters are also awesome. There is so much great spinning information packed into just a few pages. Don’t neglect to read what the Fourniers say about processing and spinning.

The other book in the photo is Colored Sheep and Wool; Exploring their beauty and function.  This book is edited by Kent Erskine. This is  a compilation of the Proceedings of the World Congress on Coloured Sheep in 1989. Published by Black Sheep Press in Ashland Oregon. In all honesty, there is so much information in this book I haven’t read everything in it. There are articles for everyone including one about Reducing Predator Losses to the Preservation of a Historic Woolen Mill. There are also things about genetics and spinning and dyeing. Really, something for everyone.

The next two books are not from the US.

Wools of Europe is a show book created  from an Exhibition with 100 sheep breeds of Europe to show their diversity. The first conference took place in Rambouillet in May 2010. The show then traveled around Europe to different countries. The book is in many different languages depending on where the breed being discussed is from but each article is also translated into English so never fear! I’m not sure if this book is still available but I can give you a website address for Consorzio Biella the Wool Company – www.biellathewoolcompany.it and the website for Atelier – Lanes d’Eurpoe – http://pagesperso-orange.fr/atelier.laine

The other book, Schafrassen in den Alpen was published in September 2005. It includes sheep from 7 countries in the Alps region of Europe. They currently have 60 sheep breeds and 33 goat breeds though an undetermined number of breeds are now extinct from the region. Their goal is to save the sheep and goats which lie there today and promote shepherding in the region. This book is in both German and English. I found you a link. You have to scroll down to sheep and goats.

The next three are actually two. First is British Sheep & Wool from the British Wool Marketing Board. The tall green one was published in 1990 and the smaller one is from 2010. I love these books because the photos are just gorgeous. In addition there is a lot of great information about the fleece of each British breed. I also love this book because it categorizes each breed. There are 7 main groups. I need to make a trip to England and take a wool grading class because I want to understand these groups on a deeper level. I checked Amazon but they don’t have any copies but you can go right to the source and get one.

The blue Covered book is from the Livestock Conservancy. It’s the Breeders and Products Directory. If you are looking for wool from rare breeds of sheep this can come in handy. Also the advertisements are good and useful. Keep in mind that this is not sheep only. It covers all livestock in the US. To get a copy you need to join the Livestock conservancy at www.livestockconservancy.org. And your membership money will go to help a very worthy cause.

Next is Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools Published by Interweave Press in 2000 and Edited by Deb Robson. The book is a collection of handspun projects that were exhibited in the Save the Sheep Project. The book includes spinning and processing information along with information about each sheep breed and the project that was spun from its wool. There is a ton of inspiration inside.

You can see that Deb Robson has been on a mission to save endangered sheep for a very long time and I don’t see it letting up soon.

 

Finally, I have a book that is focused on just one breed. The Icelandic Fleece; A Fibre for all Reasons by Elizabeth Abbott. Published by Elizabeth and Ron Abbott in 2001. If you are at all interested in Icelandic fleece this book is worth the investment. From sheep farming, traditional ear marking, importing the sheep to Canada, to scouring and spinning, this book has it all. It is clear and easy to follow. It even includes several really nice projects so that you can use your newly spun yarn.

This is certainly not my full collection of books but these are the ones I find myself turning to again and again.

If you have a book about sheep/wool that I haven’t included, let me know in the comments. I’m always in favor of improving my library.

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